download1. Spivo 360 Stick – My first time using this product was at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland and it was awesome! I loved that I could capture my surroundings but then with a simple click of a button have my camera facing me. Perfect for capturing all angles and works with both your GoPro and cell phone!

2. Travel Cord RollUncommonGoods is one of my favorite online shops for travel goodies. This Cord Roll is perfect for keeping your electronic cords tangle free and organized at the palm of your hand.

3. BESTEK USB Wall Charger  – This is currently one of my favorite travel accessories. With this set you no longer need multiple adapters and outlets. You can charge 4 electronic devices at one time without the worry of a slow charge and best of all – this set will work anywhere in the world since it includes all plugs!

4. mophie powerstation –  This 6,000mAh universal battery is packed with more power than ever! Two USB ports let you charge multiple devices while on the go. Best of all a portion of the proceeds from every (PRODUCT)RED™ purchase will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa

5. Serengetee Scratch off Map – If you have never heard of Serengetee, click HERE! Their mission to support artisans and causes around the world is amazing and very inspiring – plus… they have some really awesome products! Their scratch off map is a super unique gift for the globetrotter in your life.

6. Genius Pack Aerial Hardside Carry-On Spinner – This has been my go to carry on for my last few trips. It’s a maximum size carry on with minimalist design with durable 360-degree spinner wheels, a secluded laundry compartment, interior category compartments for a think-free packing experience, integrated packing checklist, and oh it’s extremely light, just 6.2 lbs.

7. Travel Contact Case – When I spotted these on the Charming Charlie website, I knew I had to buy one. I am the queen of throwing my contact case in my bag and when it comes time to remove for an overnight flight – no where to be found. This little case keeps everything together and guarantees that I will no longer spend 30 minutes digging to find what I need.

8. Passport Cover – I am obsessed with the VinylPassportCovers shop on Etsy. They have the best designs for passport covers and at affordable prices. This one is my new favorite and I plan to pick it up soon – I mean, afterall, you can never have too many passport covers 😉 Check them out!

9. TRESemme Volumizing Dry Shampoo – Yes, this made my travel gift guide! Dry Shampoo is the travel girls best friend. This particular one from TRESemme is the perfect travel size for when on the go and brings so much life to your hair.

What do you think about my picks? If you love them – head on over to my Instagram page (click HERE) to check out my giveaway featuring THREE of these products!!!! 🙂 Good Luck + Happy Holidays xo

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com, but all opinions are my own.

The HOLIDAYS are here and even though I, as well as many of you, love them there’s always the uncertainty of what to get our loved ones. I have partnered with Babbleboxx.com to give you some really awesome ideas. All of these items I’m about to talk about are gifts I personally would love to get and I really like that they are not your typical gift like a scarf or gloves. These will be a big hit this Holiday!

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 1. Waterpik: Complete Care 5.0 Water Flosser and Sonic Toothbrush

Ok, I know what you are thinking – a toothbrush… as a gift???? YES! Because this isn’t your average toothbrush – this Complete Care Water Flosser offers brushing and flossing in one device with a Water Flosser and Triple Sonic Toothbrush. I never used one of these prior to receiving this and it’s a game changer. My teeth feel so much cleaner and I can’t believe I didn’t get one of these sooner. Click HERE for more information – maybe you will pick one up for yourself too.

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2. Artic Cool – Instant Cooling Shirt 

The Arctic Cool Instant Cooling Shirt uses HydroFreeze X, a fiberbased, cooling management system, to move moisture away from the skin and lower the temperature of the fabric so you can keep active and keep cool. Their apparel line has everything from tees to tanks to multiple accessories for both men and women. This would be the perfect gift for anyone in your family who loves to workout or is into activewear and gym wear. Click HERE for more information on their products.

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3. Le Tote Fashion Subscription Box / Gift Cards

This is the gift that keeps on giving for the fashion lover in your life. I’m a fan of subscription boxes in general but a Fashion subscription box?? Count me in. Basically how their program works is Members can choose to swap items ahead of delivery and keep them as long as they like. Once they are done enjoying their tote, they simply return it to receive another. Members also have an option to purchase items for 20-50 percent off retail. The box starts at $59.99 and since they work with some great brands, such as Vince Camuto, BCBGeneration and Kate Spade, you know you will receive some really chic items. I have had nothing but a great experience using their service and even purchased  a Jessica Simpson purse that was sent. Click HERE for more information.

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4. 23andMe: DNA Ancestry Kit

This might be my favorite item on this list! I think being able to find out more information about your ancestory and the genetic connection you share is beyond awesome. 23andMe believes the best gift you can give (or get!) is the chance to understand what makes someone who they are. I did this and it was super quick to send the information back out to them. It takes 6-8 weeks to get the results and I cannot wait to see! 23andMe has special holiday offers now through Dec 26th. Click HERE to see offers and order kits for yourself or your family today!

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5. Sabon: Cheers to Rose Tea Kit

One sniff and you will fall in love with this set from Sabon. This is their best-selling Body Scrub and Body Lotion packaged in a limited edition Holiday gift box. I love bath & shower products and the scent of this one makes it the ultimate gift for the beauty lover in your life. The size also makes it perfect for when on the go. Check them out HERE.

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6. Sandisk: iXpand Base

Looking for the perfect gift for the tech lover in your life – here it is! SanDisk iXpand Base is a unique, hassle-free solution that lets iPhone users automatically save photos, videos and contacts, all while charging their device. Designed with a compact form factor, iXpand Base can easily sit on a nightstand or desk, which keeps it readily available for users when their iPhone is running low on battery. I am all about an external storage and backup at the palm of my hands and that is travel friendly. I recently brought this with me to Quebec City and it was super convenient and gave me peace of mind that my pictures were stored. Click HERE for more information.

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7. FUJIFILM instax® SHARE SP-3 SQ printer

 FUJIFILM instax® SHARE SP-3 SQ printer allows you to print any photo taken with your smartphone on FUJIFILM instax® SQUARE film via the instax SHARE app. You can also print directly from some of your favorite social media sites like Instagram and Facebook. I really love this printer and think whoever receives it can do a lot of cool things with the prints. I printed out a bunch of my favorite Paris pictures and have them hanging in my office. Creating a cool photo book is a great idea too. Click HERE for more information.

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On November 8, 2017 ‘A Night for Puerto Rico’ was held at the beautiful Crystal Plaza in Livingston, NJ.

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‘A Night for Puerto Rico’ was an evening where we could get together to celebrate our love for an island that so many of us consider a second home as well as to raise money to help rebuild and help as many people as we could. 100% of the proceeds were donated to two local charities that are doing so much to help the people of Puerto Rico and have been since the day Hurricane Maria made landfall:

Hispanic Law Enforcement Society of Essex County & Tainas Undias

When the idea of hosting something to raise money for Puerto Rico popped into my mind, I wasn’t really sure what to expect or really how everything would come together… I just knew I had to help in some way. I am beyond proud of how everything came out but also THANKFUL.Thankful that so many people came out to support this event that Lissy and I put in countless hours to plan as well so many companies, brands and vendors that donated their time and merchandise to help us raise the most money possible.

Do you want to know how much we raised?!

$10,680!!!!

We were able to raise this amount because of the team that we had behind us supporting us in any way they could. I have to send a special thank you to the Janoff Family, who own and operate the Crystal Plaza, Marisol Alvarez (my mom) for the amazing decor, Robert Alvarez, owner of RAD Rhythms, for the great music, Mystical Entertainment for providing a photo booth for the evening with an incredible flower wall as the backdrop and a few of our family and friends who helped at the door. I also have to thank each and every person who donated monetarily or purchased a ticket to attend – because of you ‘A Night for Puerto Rico’ was possible.

I also owe endless thanks to all of the people and brands who donated an item to the tricky tray portion of the evening: (In no particular order) K. Macken Landscaping, The Lantern Fest, Lure Lash, Neiman Marcus Short Hills, Liberty Science Center, Montclair Museum, Melz Photography, Brooklyn Brewery, NY Red Bulls, Nubian Heritage, Munchkin, Aldo + Christina Sanchez, IT Cosmetics, Megan + Anthony Rivera, Nourished Meal Prep,  Jocelyn Russo Group, Ryan Udvarhely, Cafe Bustelo, Cyndee Rodriguez Johnson, Fitness 121, Amanda Charise Rivera, Michele Kozlow + Tommy Hilfiger Stores #230/ #188, BLO Lounge, Maria Alvarez Jamberry, Lucia Viola, Michelle Reyes, KARMA for a cure, Bloomingdales Short Hills, Craig Brady Jewelry, Away Luggage, Emily Ackerman and Maeve Grey.

We also had a great set of vendors that participated in the evening – The Favor Studio, Mary K by Christine, Mecca Medical, Dot Dot Smile by Patrice, LuLaRoe by Sabrina, Deux Amies USA, Candles by Jennifer, LuLaRoe by Surelle, and Stikz Cigar Lounge

Here are a few photos from the evening:

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a Fall Trendsetter Brunch over at Neiman Marcus Short Hills thanks to my friend Dana from Daily Fashionista.

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Upon arrival we had our choice of coffee or a mocktail and got to chat it up with some of the other fabulous blogger babes. We then heard an over view of what would be going on for the day,  ordered an item from the brunch menu and headed out to tour the store with Terry who is their Manager of Public Relations and Special Events.

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The tour was great and we got to learn a lot about every section and the associates even picked out some of their favorites! As I’m sure you already know, Neiman is the IT store for high end fashion! Their shoe section is every womans dream come true with their Chanel boutique close behind.

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We got back to the suite as our food was being served. Chef Cole outdid himself with the Chicken Milanese! Seriously…. I need the recipe or to hire him to come make that EXACT dish in my home. Everything was delicious.

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While enjoying brunch, Dana showed us some of the seasons best trends. I will need one of everything if it will look as fabulous on me as it did her model, Kristin. Here is a look at some of my favorite pieces:

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I had such a great day surrounded by some fabulous local bloggers as well as the Neiman Marcus team! Before the event ended we were gifted an item… can you guess what I picked out?

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 How cute is this Rebecca Minkoff Metallic Leather Box Crossbody Bag? I can’t wait to style it.

A big THANK YOU to Dana for the invitation and Terry & the rest of the Neiman Marcus Short Hills team for their hospitality.

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As much as I love traveling abroad there is nothing like discovering local gems and that is why I love the concept of staycations. I personally am not one to take time off from work to stay home and so the idea of being able to take a short car ride for one or two nights away is perfect. I’ve been wanting to start a staycation series for some time now and hope my tristate readers [NJ, NY, PA + CT]  find it useful.

I want to begin this series with an overnight trip my family and I took last month.

Pocono Manor Resort & Spa

Pocono Manor is located in Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania – about 1.5 hours from North Jersey and less than 2 hours from NYC. I’m not sure why it took us so long to venture up to the Poconos. This may have been out first visit but it won’t be our last.

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Pocono Manor is a historic hotel which opened in the 1900’s. There are a total of 240 guest rooms and a ton of amenities onsite – three restaurants, indoor and outdoor pool, golf course, spa and various recreational activities. They offer live music on the weekends and a ton of seasonal activities such as horseback riding, hiking, tennis and snowmobiling.

We were in town for the Lantern Festival so didn’t have much time to take advantage of all their amenities but were really happy with the accommodations. The room was very spacious with a pretty view, the game room was a great addition to the property and every staff member we spoke with were not only friendly but super helpful. At the end of the night we were able to grab a drink by the bar to bring up to our room and then enjoy a family breakfast (which was delicious!) before heading back home. It was the perfect little night away! A big thank you to Pocono Manor for hosting us and we look forward to another stay in the near future.

Here are some photos from our stay as well as some pictures of the property and their amenities/activities courtesy of the Pocono Manor website.

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